Alonzo King LINES Ballet brings ‘Deep River’ to Vilar Performing Arts Center Jan. 14
Tickets for the show, the first in the VPAC Dance Series, are on sale now at vilarpac.org
Bending the lines between classical and contemporary ballet, master choreographer Alonzo King draws on the strengths of his extraordinary dancers, altering the way we look at ballet today. The Alonzo King LINES Ballet, a celebrated San Francisco-based company, is recognized for its impeccable technique, captivating dancers, and rich visual works, which the Boston Globe has called “A feast for the eyes.”
For the very first time, audiences can see the ballet perform during the winter when the dance company visits the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Beaver Creek at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.
“Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a national treasure, and it is tremendously exciting that their work, which has thrilled our summer audiences, now comes to Beaver Creek as part of the VPAC winter dance series,” said Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival. “I urge everyone to come see Deep River, a journey of dance and music by visionary choreographer Alonzo King that will transport you, and I look forward to seeing you there.”
Alonzo King LINES Ballet made its Vail debut in 2018, when the celebrated contemporary dance company first performed at the Vail International Dance Festival.
“In my former role as the festival manager for the Vail Dance Festival, I had the privilege of helping present Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the 2018 Festival, which remains one of the most impactful and moving opportunities I have had in my career,” said VPAC Executive Director Cameron Morgan. “Beyond just how gracious and lovely the LINES artists are as people, the expressiveness and expansive movement that those artists possess is unparalleled, and they evoke such an emotional connection between their artistry and their audiences. I am thrilled to host LINES on the VPAC stage this winter as the kick-off to our winter dance series.”
Deep River is a soulful work, created in collaboration with Grammy Award–winning vocalist Lisa Fischer (20 Feet to Stardom and longtime lead backup vocalist for the Rolling Stones) and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran. The piece premiered as part of LINES Ballet’s 40th anniversary season, which they celebrated in 2022. The moving work melds dance with spiritual music from the Black, Jewish and Indian traditions. The goal is for the audience to look at human beings as the pinnacle of creation. King says that the work is a reminder that “love is the ocean that we rose from, swim in, and will one day return to”— and that love can set us free.
The Alonzo King LINES Ballet kicks off the Dance Series, which also includes MOMIX: Alice (Jan. 28) and BODYTRAFFIC: Bolero by Fernando Hernando Magadan (March 22). Additional winter shows include the Classical Series: Chanticleer (Jan. 25), Cameron Carpenter, organ (Feb. 4), Colorado Symphony featuring Conductor Eun Sun Kim and Pianist Inon Barnatan (Feb. 8), Takacs Quartet (Feb. 11), Ray Chen Violin (March 19), and Ensemble Mélange – Presented Onstage! (March 30). For the full winter schedule and to purchase tickets, visit vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497.